Traditionally, donating blood means giving one pint of whole blood that can be used to help up to three people. With state of the art technology that is safe and comfortable, you can also give just the component of blood (red cells, platelets, or plasma) that patients need the most based on your specific blood type! Each time, no matter what the donation, you give someone else a second chance at life. You can help save as much as three lives.Learn More
Sponsor a Blood or Marrow Drive
Making a Big Difference in a Little Time
Drives sponsored by community organizations provide a unique chance to save lives. From schools and businesses big and small, to religious organization and families wanting to hold a blood drive for someone they love, we will walk you through holding a successful drive that saves lives.Learn more about sponsoring a drive
Types of Drives
Students, staff and faculty of local schools are unsung community heroes. Together they provide 15,000 donations each year or about 20% of what we need to help people.
Whether your organization has 5 employees or 1,000, you can make a difference.
Host a drive in honor of a loved one, friend or colleague who needs blood, a marrow match, or both.
What if... You had the chance to cure a disease, and all you had to do was start with a cheek swab?
That's exactly what URI student Caroline Casey did when she registered with the Rhode Island Blood Center to join the National Marrow Donor Registry. Turned out she was a match for Jennifer Guthro, a 32-year-old who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia while pregnant with her son. After Caroline's life-saving marrow donation, Jennifer made a full recovery.